Veteran political strategist Jonathan Lockwood says he’s ready to lead Colorado Republican Party
DENVER, Colo. — Republican spokesperson and political consultant Jonathan Lockwood announced Monday his intent to be Colorado’s next GOP chair.
“The party needs to rebuild and reimagine what is possible in terms of public policy, winning elections and securing Colorado’s future,” said Lockwood. “We need to move votes. We need to bring in new people, and we need to bring back the thousands of Republican who have left the party — nearly 5,000 left our party in just this past month alone. I have the proven political expertise and organizational skills to propel this party to victory in today’s political climate and digital environment.”
Lockwood has been a political strategist and spokesperson for upward of 50 lawmakers, candidates and organizations around the nation, from D.C. to L.A to Portland to Dallas. But the majority of his decade-long career, and his start, was in his home state of Colorado. Lockwood has been a spokesperson for successful Republican campaigns including the first-ever recalls of Colorado legislators. He also was a spokesperson for the successful effort to kill Amendment 66, which was a billion-dollar income tax hikes to bailout the state’s taxpayer-funded state worker-retirement system.
Lockwood spearheaded the opposition coalition to Amendment 69, a takeover of Colorado’s health care system that would have tripled income taxes for no guarantee of health care benefits. That ballot initiative was defeated 80–20 in large part due to the fact Lockwood created a wedge between abortion rights activists and single-payer progressives. Below is a clip from one of the ads: Planned Parenthood, ProgressNow Colorado and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado joined the opposition coalition echoing Lockwood’s campaign under Advancing Colorado.